A common question is what is the difference between a trademark and copyright? Is my logo trademarkable or copyrightable? If you want to protect your brand’s logo, it’s important to understand the difference.
Firstly, a logo is subject to copyright if it is more than just text – if it contains some graphical/artistic elements, something that has been designed. The logo will be copyrighted as an artistic work, and will be subject to copyright law. A trademark, by comparison, is symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. Legally, the Trade Marks Act 1994 governs what is and is not a trademark, and it states that a trademark is:
How do I get a trademark in the UK?
Why should I get Sterling Law to help me?
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IP law in the UK has a component which we are all familiar with: copyright law. Currently, copyright law in the UK mostly stems from the Copyrights, Designs, and Patents Act 1998 – and it’s crucial for you, whether you are a musician, writer, artist or an original producer of anything else – that your content is protected.Read more
IP law has two sides to it: contentious and non-contentious IP. It is important ensure your intellectual property is marked as yours as clearly as possible, and that, in case of infringement – such as someone stealing your graphics, ideas, or branding – you are able to respond quickly and make use of all the resources available that the law provides you with. One of the most effective, and important, ways for you to protect your IP is through patent law, which our team is experienced and capable in.Read more
As a business, trade secrets are likely THE most important thing for you to protect. Firstly, let’s explain what a trade secret is and why it may be important for your business to register as having them.Read more
Design rights is one of the most complex areas of IP law – particularly because what may appear to obviously apply as a design right may be a patent, or vice versa. Not separating these two correctly can cost time and money, and this is why you need a team of experts to help you understand your choices and how to obtain design rights.Read more
If you have been granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the past few years, you will probably have been issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.
From 1 January 2020, applicants who are granted five years limited leave to remain have also started to receive BRP’s endorsed with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.
Excellent news; adult dependent relative appeal allowed by the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)!
Our client, an Indian national, came to the UK with her husband lawfully to visit their son and grandchildren, who are British nationals. Sadly, her husband passed away suddenly while they were in the UK. Our client had a history of dementia with Parkinson’s disease along with anxiety and depression, which made her return to India unachievable.
Our immigration team achieved great success in representing a client in her appeal against the Home Office’s decision to refuse issuance of the Residence Card as an extended family member of an EEA national.
Our client, a Ukrainian national entered the UK as a Family Permit holder and was residing in the UK as an extended family member of an EEA national (her father-in-law was Portuguese). Our client lived with her husband and son, whose residence in the UK was also dependent on the same EEA national.
Our client, a non-EEA national, initially obtained a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national. Our client subsequently divorced from his EEA national spouse and obtained a residence card under the Retained Rights route. The client then applied for permanent residence, which was refused and a subsequent appeal was dismissed by First-Tier Tribunal as the Judge wrongly thought the client needed to be a qualified person, not his EEA national spouse during the time their marriage lasted. Permission to appeal on this basis was granted.